Disability discrimination is when you’re treated unfairly because you have a disability. Discrimination can be intentional or unintentional. Or it could occur as a pattern of behaviour by your employer or the people that you work with. If you think you’ve been discriminated against at work, our solicitors can help.
The Equality Act 2010 protects people who have been discriminated against at work, or in applying for a job. The Act says that you mustn’t be discriminated against because:
- You have a disability (certain progressive illnesses such as cancer, MS or HIV are also covered by the Act)
- You had a disability in the past (for example if you had a mental health condition that lasted more than 12 months, but you have since recovered from)
- Someone believes that you have a disability
- You’re connected to someone with a disability.
Our lawyers have years of experience advising on disability discrimination cases. If you feel you’ve been discriminated against, call us on 0207 650 3999.
What Services Do We Offer?
As disability discrimination experts, we know the law inside out. We can:
- Advise you on whether you have a claim and what your options are
- Support and guide you through settlement discussions with your employer
- Represent you at mediation or round table meetings with your employer
- Draft legal documents if your case does go to the Employment Tribunal
- Instruct counsel to represent you in the Employment Tribunal.
Who Can We Help?
Discrimination can have a big impact on your mental health and life. It can affect your career and reputation, as well as your finances. Our lawyers have specialist experience in helping senior executives, directors and professionals resolve discrimination claims and get the compensation they deserve.
We could help if you’ve been affected by:
- Indirect discrimination
When a work policy or rule negatively impacts you because of your disability. For example: An employer only accepts online job applications and due to your epilepsy you can’t use a computer and there’s no other way to apply.
- Failure to make reasonable adjustments
When your employer fails to provide the support needed for you to do your job properly or to help you apply for a job. For example: an employer fails to allow a disabled employee to take longer breaks to help them cope with fatigue arising from their disability.
- Discrimination arising from disability
When you’re treated badly because of something arising in consequence of your disability. For example: An employee with cancer isn’t given a bonus because of the time they’ve taken off to receive treatment.
When you’re made to feel humiliated, offended or degraded because of your disability, or where the environment is hostile or intimidating. For example: You are called names or are mocked because it takes you longer to complete some tasks because of your disability.
When you’re treated badly after making a complaint or grievance about disability discrimination, or for supporting a colleague who has made a complaint. For example: An employer threatens to fire you if you support a colleague’s discrimination claim.
Why Choose Us?
Facing discrimination at work can be very distressing. Our disability discrimination solicitors are with you every step of the way and will help you assert your rights and stand up to your employer.
With many years’ experience, we have a great track record of achieving settlements in complex and high value cases. We’re committed to providing advice in plain English to ensure you understand your rights and available options. We’ll make clear to you the routes you can take and will tell you if there’s a better, easier way to resolve your issue.
We’re expert negotiators and are ranked highly in the independent legal guides, Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, for the services we provide.
We’re recognised as industry leaders in this area, and win cases that other firms write off as being too difficult. We’ll fight hard for you. We push the boundaries of the law and are often achieving landmark decisions to get our clients the justice they deserve.
For a confidential discussion, call us on 0207 650 3999 to speak to a member of our team. Alternatively please send us an online enquiry and we’ll get back to you.
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